August 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves, Draft
I’m bored before the game and I’ve been all draft-tastic over here lately, so I’m going to write a history of the Braves’ 1st round picks. Since 1990. Their overall pick is in parenthesis.
1990 – Chipper Jones (1). That one seemed to work out alright.
1991 – Mike Kelly (2). Drafted as an outfielder. Hit .220/.273/.383 in 233 PA’s. He was later traded for Chad Fox and the PTBNL in the deal was my favorite person ever, Ray King.
1992 – Jamie Arnold (20). Wound up being a career minor-leaguer and only totaled 108 and 1/3 big-league innings.
1993 – No pick. Some guy named Alex Rodriguez was taken first overall in that draft.
1994 – Jacob Shumate (27). Never made it out of AA.
1995 – Chad Hutchinson (26). He didn’t sign. Wound up signing with the Cards 3 years later after being drafted again. He got a cup of coffee in 2001 and totaled 4 MLB innings. His career MLB ERA is 24.75. Which might be some kind of record, but I doubt it.
1996 – A.J. Zapp (27). .255 career minor-league batting average. Never made it to MLB.
1997 – No pick. The Braves were too busy trying to re-teach Mark Wholers how to pitch.
1998 – No pick. The Phillies took Pat the Bat number 1 overall in 1998.
1999 – No pick. Did the Braves forget to do the draft in the late 90′s?
2000 – Adam Wainwright (29). Traded to the Cardinals in the J.D. Drew deal. A successful major-leaguer. The Braves had back-to-back first round picks that year and took Scott Thorman at pick number 30. He sucks.
2001 – Macay McBride (24). Looked like he’d make it in the big leagues after sporting a career 3.24 ERA in ~500 minor league innings. But fell apart and only pitched 103 and 1/3 major league innings. Five picks later, the Braves took Josh Burrus. He never made it to the show and hit .243 in his minor-league career.
2002 – Jeff Francoeur (23). He sucks.
2003 – No pick. Delmon Young, who sucks, was taken 1st overall by the Rays. The most successful first rounder is probably Nick Markakis, taken 7th.
2004 – No pick. Matt F’n Bush! was taken 1st overall in that draft. Folks, this is why you consider character when you draft.
2005 – Joey Devine (27). Good pick. He’s now with Oakland. I’d trade Luis Sumoza for Joey Devine right now.
2006 – Cody Johnson (24). He’s that guy who strikes out all the time and hits a lot of home runs for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Lincecum was taken at pick number 10 in this draft.
2007 – Jason Heyward (14). He’s going to be good for a long time.
2008 – No pick. Thanks, Tom Glavine. Example number 294,787,029,745 why the compensation system is fucking stupid. Tom Glavine a type A? What a joke.
2009 – Mike Minor (7). Made his professional debut the other day pitching 2 perfect innings with 2 K’s. I’ve come around on him. Still wish the Braves had taken someone else, though.